Bell Helicopter Donates Helicopter to National Law Enforcement Museum

July 17, 2008
Fort Worth, TX - July 17, 2008 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is donating one of its 206B helicopters to the National Law Enforcement Museum, the company announced during the annual Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) conference held this year in Houston, TX.

Paul Pitts, Bell's director for Homeland Security stated, "Bell is proud to be associated with the National Law Enforcement Museum and its commitment to telling the story of law enforcement in America. We are especially proud that a Bell helicopter symbolizes the contribution that helicopters have made to law enforcement and the role that helicopters have in reducing the risk of injury and death to their fellow officers on the ground."

Bell is celebrating its 60 year history of supplying helicopters to law enforcement agencies around the world. Starting with a Bell 47 flying with the New York Police, Bell today has a wide range of products performing law enforcement missions, including the Bell 206 which has become an industry standard.

"For decades now, helicopters have played a pivotal role in American law enforcement, supporting everything from tactical operations and rescue missions to traffic enforcement and the safe apprehension of fugitives," said Craig W. Floyd, chairman and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which is leading the effort to build the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum.

"Thanks to this generous donation from Bell Helicopter, visitors to the Museum will be able to see and appreciate the important and often dangerous work that is performed by our airborne law enforcement professionals," he added.

Authorized by Congress in the year 2000, the National Law Enforcement Museum will be an architecturally inspiring, 95,000 square foot, mostly underground museum located just blocks from the U.S. Capitol and adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. When it opens in 2011, the Museum will provide an estimated 600,000 visitors a year with a unique and comprehensive look at the law enforcement profession. The Museum will feature high-tech interactive exhibitions, interesting historical and contemporary artifacts, extensive public and educational programming, and a research center and library.

About National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Founded in 1984, the non-profit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund works to increase public support for the law enforcement profession by permanently recording and appropriately commemorating the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers, and to provide information that promotes law enforcement safety. In 1991, the NLEOMF dedicated the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, on which the names of more than 18,200 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history are engraved. The NLEOMF is now working to build the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum. For more information, visit

About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a $13.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 34 countries with approximately 44,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, defense and intelligence, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company , Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at

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